S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 2 I S S U E
Pumped up and seeing red
For photographer Jefferson Jackson Steele, this issue's "Big Question" -- "Is This the Worse Time Ever To Be a CEO?" -- resonated personally. "I'm an AOL stockholder," he explains, so the wave of corporate wrongdoing now coming to light "really makes me angry." Steele, who shoots regularly for Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore's City Paper, used a technique known as cross processing to "really pump up the color" in his portrait of professor Mark Blyth. Says Steele, "When I get the opportunity to open up the gates, I really like to do it."
It's easy to feel jealous of senior writer Dale Keiger, who got the plum assignment of reporting on two Peabody roller coaster enthusiasts. The reality: 14-hour days spent in the heat and humidity, enduring punishing jolts and mediocre park fare. "You can't ride a rollercoaster 16 times over the course of a couple hours and not have it wear you out. I usually came out with a headache," he says, then adds, "But it was fun." His favorite coaster? The one he passed out on: Talon, at Pennsylvania's Dorney Park. "I've never been in a fighter jet, but I think a ride like Talon is as close as I'm likely to get." --SD
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